elaborate vs refine what difference

what is difference between elaborate and refine

English

Etymology

1575, from Late Latin ēlabōrātus (worked out), past participle of ēlabōrō (to work out), from ē- (out, forth, fully) + labor (work, toil, exertion). More at e-, labour.

Pronunciation

  • Adjective: ĭlă’bərət, IPA(key): /ɪˈlæbəɹət/
  • Verb: ĭlă’bərāt, IPA(key): /ɪˈlæbəɹeɪt/

Adjective

elaborate (comparative more elaborate, superlative most elaborate)

  1. Complex, detailed, or sophisticated.
  2. Intricate, fancy, flashy, or showy.
    • The house was a big elaborate limestone affair, evidently new. Winter sunshine sparkled on lace-hung casement, on glass marquise, and the burnished bronze foliations of grille and door.

Translations

Verb

elaborate (third-person singular simple present elaborates, present participle elaborating, simple past and past participle elaborated)

  1. (transitive) to develop in detail or complexity
    • 1871, “Bismarck”, All the Year Round (volume 5, page 129)
      [] by the time of the subsequent coronation, when the Prussian king put the crown on his own head in child-like belief of the obsolete doctrine called divine right, the untiring statesman had elaborated his scheme of reform.
  2. (intransitive) (sometimes followed by on or upon, and then the object of the preposition) to expand/enlarge in detail
    What do you mean you didn’t come home last night? Would you care to elaborate?
    Could you elaborate on the plot for your novel for me?

Translations


Ido

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /elaboˈrate/

Verb

elaborate

  1. adverbial present passive participle of elaborar

Italian

Adjective

elaborate

  1. feminine plural of elaborato

Verb

elaborate

  1. inflection of elaborare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative
  2. feminine plural of the past participle of elaborare

Latin

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /eː.la.boːˈraː.te/, [eːɫ̪äboːˈɾäːt̪ɛ]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /e.la.boˈra.te/, [ɛlɑbɔˈrɑːt̪ɛ]

Verb

ēlabōrāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of ēlabōrō


English

Etymology

re- +‎ fine

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈfaɪn/
  • Rhymes: -aɪn
  • Hyphenation: re‧fine

Verb

refine (third-person singular simple present refines, present participle refining, simple past and past participle refined)

  1. (transitive) To purify; reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; to free from impurities.
  2. (intransitive) To become pure; to be cleared of impure matter.
  3. (transitive) To purify of coarseness, vulgarity, inelegance, etc.; to polish.
  4. (transitive, intransitive) To improve in accuracy, delicacy, or excellence.
  5. (transitive) To make nice or subtle.

Related terms

  • refinable
  • refinement
  • refiner
  • refinery

Translations

Further reading

  • refine in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • refine in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • Feiner, enfire, ferine, fineer

Portuguese

Verb

refine

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of refinar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of refinar
  3. first-person singular imperative of refinar
  4. third-person singular imperative of refinar

Spanish

Verb

refine

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of refinar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of refinar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of refinar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of refinar.

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